WMUK News
6:50 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Bicycles Boost Michigan's Economy

The annual Criterium bicycle race at WMU
The annual Criterium bicycle race at WMU
Credit WMU University Relations

Riding your bike not only keeps you fit. The Michigan Department of Transportation says it also helps pump nearly $670 million into the state’s economy each year.

State transportation officials say that figure includes direct spending on bikes and related equipment of $175 annually; $256 million in reduced health care costs; and $187 million added to the economy because bicyclists take fewer sick days at work

M-DOT released a report on the financial impact of bicycling in Michigan Thursday. It looked at five cities, including Holland and Grand Rapids. M-DOT says biking generated almost $6.5 million in Holland while Grand Rapids reported just over $39 million.